As stylish gents, we're quick to pay close attention to the details of our shirts, jeans, and sneakers. However, many of us forget to extend that same attention to our socks.
For many, socks are just for comfort and warmth. That used to be the case. But today, it's also a way of expressing yourself. Socks are a trendy way to add subtle style to your OOTD. With all the prints, patterns, and colors available in the market, there's a world of opportunity out there.
How do you take advantage of these opportunities? Here are five things you need to remember:
1) Thou shalt start off with tonal socks.
If you're a newbie to the sock game, don't get too crazy right away. Wear a pair that's either a shade darker or lighter than the jeans you are wearing. For example, if you're wearing blue jeans, think about wearing indigo or teal socks.
2) Thou shalt go with traditional prints.
Remember: anything too gimmicky, and you'll look like Ronald McDonald. When it comes to patterns, it never hurts to stick with classic polka dots, stripes or argyle. They are simple but add flare and pop to any getup.
3) Thou shalt pay attention to contrast.
If your choice of socks is not complementary then it will clash and look shitty. Bear in mind (or perhaps Google) the color wheel to make sure you're working your outfit correctly. After a few months of following these color-matching rules, and once you feel comfortable enough in them, then go ahead and try breaking some rules.
4) Thou shalt know how much sock to show.
There's a thin line between showing off too much sock and not showing enough. You're probably asking: "How do we get it right without looking like we are trying too hard or simply don’t care enough?" Well, you need to master the art of cuffing.
5) Thou shalt not show leg skin.
Most importantly, no skin should ever show when trying to rock printed socks. It doesn't matter if you're wearing skinny jeans, joggers or khakis. The skin will clash with the colors present in your printed socks, and will break your look. Make sure there is enough fabric to cover your leg completely, even when you're sitting.
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